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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 19, 2013 3:55 pm

Wash. bar owner allowing pot use faces crackdown

By GENE JOHNSONAssociated Press

Jeff Call knew he was pushing the envelope when he started letting people use marijuana at his rum-and-pizza joint in Washington state.

But he didn't quite know the extent of what he was in for. The governor's office asked state regulators do something about it, local authorities revoked his business license, and his insurance company dropped his liability policy.

The developments threaten to sink Call's Stonegate Pizza in Tacoma even as he vows to fight. He says the Stonegate remains open.

Washington and Colorado last fall became the first states to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. Both ban the public use of marijuana - which typically would include bars and restaurants - and most bars are steering clear of allowing pot use at least until officials come up with rules for the new weed industry.

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